REVIEW: Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster

Model Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Intro The long awaited Eric Johnson Stratocaster was introduced in January of 2005, and has received accolades across the board ever since. Walk into your local music store, take one off the rack, and you'll quickly see why. Simply put, the guitar is beautifully built, with all the vintage vibe and traditio…

Gibson Accidentally Lets The Cat Out Of The Bag :: Guitar Of The Week #36?

Well, it's still more than thirteen weeks away, but EGR reader Sten Nygren wrote this morning to let me know that an apparent glitch at Gibson.com has exposed what is potentially Guitar Of The Week #36––the Explorer New Century in Satin Ebony (here's a screen shot for when they inevitably take the page down.) More than likely someone in Gibson…

Line 6 Goes Small With Pocket POD & TonePort GX

Line 6, makers of what is easily some of the most affordable digital modeling gear available to guitarists today, have released two new products that appear to be aimed squarely at those looking for portable solutions to their signal processing needs. The Pocket POD is an extension of Line 6's popular POD line of digital modeling effects boxes, an…

Speed Linking: Gibson's Guitar Of The Week #23, Epi Les Paul Ultra Giveaway…

Gibson released Guitar Of The Week #23 this morning, but the instrument––a standard Les Paul Money Bass in Natural Satin––was so yawn-inducing I didn't think you'd want to read a whole post about it. Anyways, for the sake of the Guitar Of The Week Index I thought I'd better at least provide a link. Now don't get me wrong, …

Vintage Guitar Magazine Reviews The PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow

If you've been drooling over a PRS guitar but don't exactly have the pocket change to drop on one of their top-of-the-line instruments, you might want to take a look at the company's less-expensive import models. Import models? Yep, the PRS SE Series was apparently created at the urging of Carlos Santana, in the hopes of bringing PRS's high qualit…

Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster & Crossroads '57 Twin Go On Sale July 20th

Missed out on a Blackie Strat? Well here's yet another Clapton/Fender collaboration that's destined to become an instant collector's item––the extremely limited edition Crossroads Stratocaster, and matching Crossroads '57 Twin. To raise money for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Center, Antigua––a drug & alcohol addiction rehabilitation facil…

Amnesty International, Epiphone, And WB Giving Away John Lennon Casino

In an effort to promote their Campaign To Save Darfur, including the release of the new Instant Karma CD (a musical collaboration that includes many contemporary artists plus the works of John Lennon,) Amnesty International has apparently teamed with Epiphone & WB Records to give away an Epi John Lennon Casino––one of the nicer guitars in E…

Guitar Player Puts Four Looping Pedals Through Their Paces

There's a great in-depth comparison and review of four different looping pedals over at Guitar Player right now, and reading through it made me realize just how far the whole technology of looping has come since I first messed around with it in a very primitive form nearly two decades ago. The pedals covered here include the Electro-Harmonix 2880,…

Gibson Announces Guitar Of The Week #22 :: Les Paul Supreme Gold

Wow, I can't believe we're already 22 weeks into this thing... early this morning Gibson announced yet another installment in their limited-run Guitar Of The Week series, and it's definitely a beauty––the new Les Paul Supreme Gold. The guitar appears to possess the same slightly over the top accoutrements as the other instruments in the Les Pa…

Video Demos From The Big Boys… What's Taking So Long?

For the last few weeks I've been watching Paul Reed Smith Guitars (PRS) add high-quality video demos to their various guitar product pages, and it got me thinking––what the heck's taken so long? Smaller guitar/gear manufacturers like Eastwood and Headstrong have managed to create significant buzz around their new products by fully lev…